What medication is typically prescribed for delayed onset pain from CoolSculpting?

I was prescribed gabapentin. Is this something that is typically given for delayed onset pain (tingling, stinging, numbness and just overall uncomfortable)?

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Pain after Coolsculpting

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If discomfort after Coolsculpting isn't able to alleviated by ibuprofen or acetaminophen, then gabapentin is not unusual to prescribe.  We will often prescribe Lidoderm (lidocaine) patches for discomfort and if that is not quite enough then gabapentin can be added. The great news is that it all passes in a few days so hang in there.  Your results will be worth it!  Best of luck


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This is a good medication for nerve pain which some patients experience after coolsculpting.

My best,

Sheila Nazarian, MD, MMM

Beverly Hills, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

CoolSculpting Recovery

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After CoolSculpting treatment, patients can experience tingling, stinging, numbness, tenderness to touch, and achiness in treatment areas. This type of pain is related to the nerves recovering after the procedure, which is why gabapentin is often prescribed instead of other more commonly used pain medications, such as NSAIDS. As you are recovering from the CoolSculpting treatment, it is important to communicate any concerns to your board-certified plastic surgeon. Good luck and congratulations on your procedure!

Delayed onset pain and coolsculpting

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Delayed onset pain is a very rare possibility after coolsculpting, and it is reported to resolve most likely within 2 to 4 weeks.. It doesn't have an impact in the final results. if this should occur some doctors will prescribe Gabapentin if  ibuprofen or compression support isn't adequate.

Steven H. Dayan, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Gabapentin for delayed onset pain

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Yes, in rare cases where patients need medications for the last onset pain, this is the medication we use. Hope that helps. 

Coolsculpting & Late On Set Pain

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Hello and thank you for your question. Late on set pain after Coolsculpting is a side effect that some patients experience after this treatment. Because the pain comes from the nerves typically Gabapentin is prescribed to help relieve some of the pain. Hope this helps, Dr. S. 

Steven Swengel, MD
Los Gatos Dermatologic Surgeon
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What medication is typically prescribed for delayed onset pain from CoolSculpting?

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Thank you for your question. Late onset pain is when a patient feels burning/shooting pain a few weeks after your procedure. If you are feeling this type of pain, this medication should help you. If it does not, please speak to your treating physician. Regards,

Gabapentin after CoolSculpting

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Dear Snickerdoodle123,Thank you for your inquiry. All the sensations you have you described are very consistent with the "delayed onset of pain" described after CoolSculpting. Aside from a number of conservative measures such as ice or heat, compression garments, Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen when a little more is needed to provide comfort gabapentin or similar medications (Pregabalin) are prescribed and have been very successful to rapidly provide the relief you desire. Hang in there in that this condition is usually self limited and should resolved quickly for you. Best of Luck

Paul Pietro, MD
Greenville Physician

Delayed onset pain

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Great question! Gabapentin (Neurontin) is a medication typically given for this type of pain. In my opinion, ther things that may help are compression garments (like spanx), drinking plenty of water, heat therapy, and light massage of the area. Other over the counter medications that can help to lessen the pain are tylenol and benadryl (always follow the directions on the box for use). I hope this helps!

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